The Packard Campus Theater programs events year round, usually on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The State Theatre in Culpeper, VA, in collaboration with the Library’s National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, offers additional film screenings, regularly programmed on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons with occasional showings on other days as well.
All programs presented at the State Theatre are subject to an admission charge.
The schedule for each month is posted approximately two weeks in advance. Short subjects are presented before select programs. Titles are subject to change without notice.
Screenings are free at the Packard Theater and there is a $6 admission charge for Library of Congress Presents film programs at the State Theatre. Short subjects will be presented before select programs. Titles are subject to change without notice. Screenings at the Packard Campus are preceded by an informative slide presentation about the film, with music selected by the Library’s Recorded Sound Section.
In case of inclement weather, for screenings at the Packard Campus Theater, check the information line at (540) 827-1079 ext. 79994 or (202) 707-9994 no sooner than three hours before show time to see if the movie has been cancelled. For screenings at the State Theatre, call their box office at 540-829-0292.
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About the Upcoming Films
A tip of the hat to the Irish, a trove of Academy Award winning and nominated films, and tributes to the late Shirley Temple and Philip Seymour Hoffman are among the film offerings at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation’s state-of-the-art theater in Culpeper, VA in March.
“The Secret of Roan Inish,” John Sayles’ Celtic fable for all ages, is the first of a series of seven films showcasing Ireland and the Irish which includes the quintessential favorite St. Patrick’s Day pick “The Quiet Man,” just added to the National Film Registry in December.
In celebration of the 86th annual Academy Awards held on March 2nd, the March schedule features a dozen films that were Academy Award winners or nominees in at least one category, capping off with “Gone With the Wind,” which held the record of the most nominations at 13 until 1950, when “All About Eve” received 14.
Thursday, February 27 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
MOSTLY MARTHA (Paramount Classics, 2001)
Sandra Nettelbeck directed this gentle drama about an obsessive yet introverted chef of a popular Hamburg restaurant (Martina Gedeck) who suddenly finds herself the caretaker of her 8-year-old niece. Tensions between them mount until a handsome Italian sous-chef (Sergio Castellitto) arrives to lighten the mood. In German and Italian with English subtitles.
Color, 109 minutes.
Friday, February 28 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
ENTER THE DRAGON (Warner Bros., 1973 – R rated*)
Martial arts legend Bruce Lee burst onto the American scene with this pulsating action flick, climaxed with the dazzling Hall of Mirrors sequence. Although Lee unexpectedly died shortly before the film's release, Enter the Dragon became a huge hit and Lee garnered legendary status. Directed by Robert Clouse, the action thriller was named to the National Film Registry in 2004. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 102 minutes.
Saturday, March 1 (2:00 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH (Goldwyn, 1994)
Ten year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal. She discovers myths and magic while searching for her little brother who disappeared as an infant when his cradle was swept out to sea as their family evacuated the island of Roan Inish. John Sayles wrote and directed this engaging Celtic fairy tale that was photographed by Haskell Wexler on Ireland's rugged northwestern seacoast.
Color, 103 minutes.
Sunday, March 2 (2:00 p.m.) at the State Theatre
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (Columbia, 1962)
Directed by David Lean, this sweeping, historical classic covers the Allies' mideastern campaign during World War I as seen through the eyes of the enigmatic T. E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole, in the role that made him a star). Most critics agree it is a rare epic in which every grandiose shot and cinematic flourish serves a purpose in either telling the story or exploring the title character. Winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture with three additional nominations, the biographical adventure was added to the National Film Registry in 1991.
Color, 216 minutes
Thursday, March 6 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
LITTLE MISS MARKER (Paramount, 1934)
Shirley Temple plays a loveable orphan who is left as IOU for a gambling debt in the film that made the six-year old a star. In the story based on a Damon Runyon tale, bookie Sorrowful Jones (Adolphe Menjou) and his gambling colony have their lives transformed by Little Miss Marker. Directed by Alexander Hall, the family comedy – drama was added to the National Film Registry in 1998.
Black & white, 80 minutes
Friday, March 7 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
ANNIE LAURIE (MGM, 1927)
In one of her lesser-known late silent films, Lillian Gish stars as the title character who finds herself caught between two feuding Highland clans, the Macdonalds and the Campbells. Gish had director approval, and chose the capable John S. Robertson for the project who was especially effective shooting the battle scenes that are both forceful and frightening. This Library of Congress restoration includes a two-color Technicolor ending. Andrew Simpson will provide live musical accompaniment.
Black & white, 90 minutes
Saturday, March 8 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
JULIE CHRISTIE DOUBLE FEATURE
PETULIA (Warner Brothers/Seven Arts, 1968)
Julie Christie stars as a neurotic unhappily married socialite who finds solace in the company of a recently divorced doctor. Set in the 1960s San Francisco scene, the film features performances of Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company and The Grateful Dead. Richard Lester directed the stylistic romantic drama which also stars George C. Scott and Richard Chamberlain.
Color, 105 minutes
DON’T LOOK NOW (Paramount, 1973 – R rated*)
Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie star as John and Laura Baxter who relocate to Venice after losing their daughter in a drowning accident. There they meet a psychic who claims that she sees the child's spirit. Nicolas Roeg directed this gripping occult thriller based on the story by Daphne du Maurier. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 110 minutes
Sunday, March 9 (2:00 p.m.) at the State Theatre
SHREK (Universal, 2001)
An ornery ogre named Shrek has his precious solitude shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy tale characters - all of them have been banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad. Determined to save their home - not to mention his own - Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona to be Farquaad's bride. Accompanying him on his mission is wisecracking Donkey, who will do anything for Shrek... except shut up. Featuring the voices of Mike Myers as Shrek, Eddie Murphy as Donkey, Cameron Diaz as Fiona and John Lithgow as Farquaad, “Shrek” won the first ever Academy Award For Best Animated Feature.
Color, 90 minutes
Thursday, March 13 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
THE INFORMER (RKO, 1935)
Set during Irish Rebellion of 1922, a hard-drinking dissident turns in his best friend to collect the reward, then has to dodge the suspicions of his cohorts. John Ford’s direction won an Academy Award, as did Dudley Nichols’ screenplay, Max Steiner’s score and Victor McLaglen’s performance as Gypo Nolan in this powerful drama, based on the novel by Liam O'Flaherty.
Black & white, 91 minutes
Friday, March 14 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
THE GANGS OF NEW YORK (Miramax, 2002 – R rated*)
Amid the savage Irish and Italian rivalry that dominated New York City in the mid-1800s, young Amsterdam Vallon (Leonardo DiCaprio) hunts down his father's hateful murderer, Bill the Butcher Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis). The violent crime drama was nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Martin Scorsese. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 167 minutes
Saturday, March 15 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
THE QUIET MAN (Republic, 1952)
Never one to shy away from sentiment, director John Ford used “The Quiet Man” with unadulterated adulation to pay tribute to his Irish heritage and the grandeur of the Emerald Isle. It won him the Academy Award for Best Director. Maureen O’Hara embodies the mystique of Ireland, as John Wayne personifies the indefatigable American searching for his ancestral roots, with Victor Young’s jovial score punctuating their escapades. Beautifully photographed in rich, saturated Technicolor, with picturesque art direction, The Quiet Man has become a perennial St. Patrick’s Day favorite. Added to the National Film Registry in 2013.
Color, 129 minutes
Sunday, March 16 (2:00 p.m.) at the State Theatre
MY FAIR LADY (Warner Bros., 1964)
In this musical version of George Bernard Shaw's classic “Pygmalion,” Rex Harrison reprised his Tony Award winning role as Henry Higgins, a phonetics instructor who bets that he can pass a street urchin off as a lady. The last great musical of the studio era and the highest-grossing film in Warners' history to that time, “My Fair Lady” won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Harrison and Best Director for George Cukor. The film also stars Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle, Stanley Holloway as her ne’re-do-well father Alfred, and Wilfrid Hyde-White as Colonel Pickering.
Color, 179 minutes
Thursday, March 20 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL = AN EVENING OF SHORT FILMS FROM THE NATIONAL FILM REGISTRY (1881-1986)
Of the more than 600 films currently on the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry, a significant number are not feature-length films. Shorter films—experimental, animated, avant-garde, or musical in nature—also populate the list. All Things Being Equal is an evening showcasing these briefer works which, though they may not fill theaters or marques, have nevertheless had a profound impact on the art of filmmaking and the development of America’s cultural landscape. Titles include “Blacksmith Scene” (1893), the first film to be shown theatrically; the Civil Defense film “Duck and Cover” which was widely distributed to public schools beginning in 1952 until the end of the Cold War in the late 1980s, and “Precious Images,” an Academy Award winning tribute to the power of Cinema to move us.
Black & white and Color, 120 minutes
Friday, March 21 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
IRISH DOUBLE FEATURE
THE COMMITMENTS (20th Century-Fox, 1991 – R rated*))
The travails of a young working-class Dubliner to form the World's Hardest Working Band, The Commitments, and bring 60s-style soul music to the people of Ireland. Directed by Alan Parker, this comedy drama is described by film critic Leonard Maltin as Disarmingly engaging from the word go, with a charismatic cast of unknowns, filled with irresistible music. A real treat. The first of Irish novelist Roddy Doyle's so-called Barrytown Trilogy about the lives of the Rabbitt family, the remaining two books, “The Snapper” (1993) and “The Van” (1996) were also made into films. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 118 minutes
The Snapper (Mirimax, 1993 – R rated*)
Stephen Frears directed this dramedy about a working-class Dublin family that's thrown into chaos when they learn that daughter Sharon (Tina Kellegher) is pregnant. But by choosing not to reveal the identity of the father, Sharon becomes the target of rampant gossip. Colm Meaney co-stars in this adaptation of the second book from Irish author Roddy Doyle's Barrytown trilogy. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 91 minutes
Saturday, March 22 (2:00 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
HOW THE STATES GOT THEIR SHAPES
“How the States Got Their Shapes” by Mark Stein was first published by Smithsonian in 2008, became a New York Times Bestseller and was the basis of the History Channel series of the same name. In his entertaining audio-visual presentation, Stein will discuss how American state's borders were drawn and why they have their current shapes; from the peculiarities of the unattached upper Peninsula of Michigan, to the reasoning for a West Virginia and not an East Virginia, to the reasons why Alabama and Mississippi are almost exact mirror images of each other and much more.
Saturday, March 22 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
HOUSESITTER (Universal, 1992)
Frank Oz directed this screwball romance starring Steve Martin as New York architect Newton Davis who builds a dream house for his girlfriend, only to have his marriage proposal turned down. Davis seeks solace in a one-night stand with kooky waitress Gwen, (Goldie Hawn) who moves into the empty house without his knowledge and begins setting up house-keeping, posing as his new wife. Screenwriter Mark Stein will be on hand for a Q&A after the film.
Color, 102 minutes
Sunday, March 23 (2:00 p.m.) at the State Theatre
INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (Paramount, 1984)
Harrison Ford returns as archaeology professor Indiana Jones in the second film in the series – a prequel to “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Jones, along with young sidekick Short Round (Jonathan Ke Quan) and spoiled nightclub singer, Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw), flee a Chinese crime boss in Shanghai and find themselves in a starving Indian village. They agree to help the residents find missing mystical stones that have always brought the village prosperity and encounter a deadly pagan cult in the process. The adventure film won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and John Williams was nominated for his score.
Color, 118 minutes
Thursday, March 27 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
THE MASTER (Weinstein, 2012– R rated*)
A psychologically damaged WWII veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) finds himself working for Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a charismatic leader of a religious movement known as The Cause. Eventually the alcoholic, self-destructive former soldier begins to question both the belief system and The Master as the organization grows and gains a fervent following. Written, directed, and co-produced by Paul Thomas Anderson, the film received three Academy Award nominations: Best Actor for Phoenix, Best Supporting Actor for Hoffman, and Best Supporting Actress for Amy Adams as Dodd’s wife Peggy. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 144 minutes
Friday, March 28 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
CAPOTE (United Artists, 2005 – R rated*)
Philip Seymour Hoffman won the Academy Award, the BAFTA, the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild Award as Best Actor for his portrayal of the flamboyant writer Truman Capote. Directed by Bennett Miller, the film covers the period when Capote was conducting research for his book “In Cold Blood,” an account of the murder of a Kansas family. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 114 minutes
Saturday, March 29 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
BOOGIE NIGHTS (New Line, 1997 – R rated*)
Paul Thomas Anderson wrote and directed this serio-comic story set in 1977 about an extended family of movie-makers, misfits and hangers-on presided over by Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds), a director who makes what he calls “adult films, exotic motion pictures.” Mark Wahlberg stars as Eddie Adams/Dirk Diggler, Horner’s new star. Philip Seymour Hoffman received critical praise in his breakthrough role as Scotty J., a gawky soundman who is infatuated with Diggler. Academy Award Nominations for acting went to Burt Reynolds and Julianne Moore while Anderson was nominated for his screenplay. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 155 minutes
Sunday, March 30 (2:00 p.m.) at the State Theatre
GONE WITH THE WIND (MGM, 1939)
Based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Mitchell, this civil-war epic drama was the longest, most expensive and successful Hollywood film made up to that point in time. The story, set in Georgia during the American Civil War and Reconstruction, depicts the experiences of Scarlett O'Hara, the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner who uses every means possible to come out of the poverty she finds herself in after Sherman's March to the Sea. Directed by Victor Fleming, and starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, the film set a record for Academy Award wins and nominations, winning in eight categories from a total of thirteen nominations. It was selected for the National Film Registry in 1989.
Color, 238 minutes
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